Tuesday 18 September 2018

Revealed: The name of the long-awaited National Children’s Hospital

Around 300 submissions were made for the name of the new hospital

An artist's impression of the new National Children's Hospital
An artist's impression of the new National Children's Hospital

Eilish O’Regan and Kevin Doyle

The long-awaited National Children’s Hospital was christened Phoenix Children’s Health today.

The name for the €1bn hospital, to be located at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, was chosen after more than 300 suggestions during a consultation process.

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health, Simon Harris turned the  sod for one of its two satellite centres in Connolly Hospital today.

It will have a paediatric outpatients and urgent care centre. The other satellite centre will be in Tallaght Hospital.

The main hospital is now under construction and will be ready in 2022.

The hospital’s paediatric board has applied for a derogation from a Bord Pleanala rule that it have sprinklers throughout the hospital.

Hospital planners insist its fire safety safeguards are already above standard.

The Connolly centre will be operational in the summer of 2019 and will be followed by the Tallaght Hospital centre in 2020.

Enabling works have started in Tallaght and the sod will be turned there in a number of weeks.

Around 300 suggestions were made for the new name before Phoenix was selected.

A spokeswoman said the name of the hospital had to be a memorable and descriptive word that is easy to read and pronounce and is inclusive and relevant for all members of the community that the services will support.

Another requirement was that it should be easily translated into Irish. The chosen name originated from a staff suggestion and performed well against the criteria set. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said: “The new Children’s Hospital project represents the most significant healthcare investment ever undertaken by the State – one that will have an impact on children, young people and their families in Ireland for decades to come.

“The two new centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals will be an integral part of the new children’s hospital project and will be of significant benefit to the people living in the local area, bringing paediatric services to the thriving communities in Blanchardstown, as well as providing  outpatients and urgent care for children in the Greater Dublin Area."

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